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Fathers urged to keep fighting flawed legal system

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I would like to send a message to all unwed fathers out there fighting for rights to your children. You are not alone. I think that so many fathers get a bad stereotype from the few who have done wrong. There are many fathers out there who want to see, hold, love and watch their children grow and are not allowed to.

Even if the father is on the birth certificate, he has no rights. Even if he has been their loving and supporting parent since birth, he has no rights. Even if he was there holding the mother while she was screaming at childbirth, he has no rights to see the child. No matter how much you want to see your child, it doesn't matter unless it's OK with the mother.

It's not up to you; it's all up to the mother. This upsets me. It makes me believe we have a flawed legal system. What has become of our family values? And wait a minute, didn't it take two people to create this child? This makes me so very sad.

So, I end up saying, don't give up hope. Keep fighting! Because in the end, I have to believe that the strong will prevail. That fairness and justice will prevail.

Ryan Nickerson

Bemidji

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